The Shubunkin Goldfish looks like the Comet Goldfish but brings an element of extra color and flair to the tank with its longer more flowing fins and blue coloring. Their pretty appearance means it can be used to brighten up any fish tank or pond. These fish are also very hardy, and are known to be extremely adaptable and able to survive in most situations with a wide variety of food.
If you are looking to add a beautiful fish to your tank, then look no further.
A Shubunkin is an attractive breeding variant of the common goldfish. What is so beautiful about a Shubunkin are its spotted colours of red, yellow, orange, blue, white and black in combination with metallic and transparent scales. This makes a Shubunkin have some kind of a mother-of-pearl appearance. It has a simple tail and long spotted fins. The form of the body is that of a common goldfish.
The Shubunkin Goldfish has become popular because of it’s coloration. They belong to the Cyprinidae family, just like Carp and Danios. The have several shared characteristics including not having true teeth but a few rows of pharyngeal teeth, located in the throat. The coloration, calico, is also the reason these fish go by the common name Calico Goldfish; however, their scientific name is Carassius auratus.
Things to know for new shubunkin keepers
If you are looking to get the most out of your fish, then making sure they have enough room to grow will allow them to live for many years to come. Therefore, having a pond is the best habitat as it will give them space to grow, however it is not mandatory.
These fish are extremely social and will make amazing additions to community tanks full of other fast swimming fish. The reason for this is that these Goldfish are extremely fast swimmers and will eat as much food, as fast as possible.
You will likely see them around the bottom of the tank eating whatever they can, making the addition of other scavengers unnecessary.
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT FEEDING AQUARIUM FISH
In nature, fish eat whenever they are hungry and the food is available. If food sources are plentiful, they will eat several times a day. On the other hand, if food sources are scarce, they might go for days between meals. For this reason, fish are very opportunistic and will eat whenever they have a chance.
Regardless of one or two feedings, the key is to keep each feeding very small. Do Not overfeed your fish. Whenever in doubt, the best practice is to underfeed your fish. There are a lot of health concerns related to overfeeding your fish.